Reconnecting

April 14th marked the end of our first trimester here in Moz and it feels like a really big accomplishment. It was challenging and I made tons of errors but I also learned so much and undoubtedly feel more prepared to take on the second trimester. During our week off, all of the Moz 27 … More Reconnecting

Settling, Happily

I’ve been at site for over four months now and little by little, almost imperceptibly, things have been settling into place. Although my peace corps journey will be a continuous process of change and adjustment, daily life is no longer as friction-full as it used to be and damn, does it feel good. Last Saturday, … More Settling, Happily

The Long Road

In reflecting on International Women’s Day, I’d like to recount three experiences. Two are my own, and the third is a story told by a fellow PCV. I do not intend to make any comparison in juxtaposing my experiences with his story – I only intend to tell the stories I have permission to tell … More The Long Road

Taking Steps

I walk into our sala at 6:45am on Monday mornings feigning energy, as I’m learning teachers must often do. “Good morning Teacha!” my class shouts in unison. “Good morning class! How are you?” “We are fine thanks, and you?” They ask. “I am fine, thanks. Go ahead and sit.” The same oddly formal greeting begins … More Taking Steps

A Month of Me

For starters, Happy New Year! 2017, you snuck up on me. December was an interesting month. I moved from Namaacha to Namacurra. I traveled all over northern Mozambique. I became a Peace Corps Volunteer. I completed the first of my 24 month commitment. December was a month marked by change. At the time, it felt … More A Month of Me

Give and Take

I’m writing this post from a hotel room in Quelimane where I sit, once again, on the brink of change. I’m here because the Peace Corps Medical team messed up. Despite weekly complaints, I’ve had an untreated and unacknowledged pneumonia for the past 3 weeks. I’m frustrated but it’s all good. I now have the … More Give and Take

Local Lessons

My mornings are currently filled with Chuabo lessons. Chuabo (chew-ah-boo) is a Bantu language spoken by roughly 970,000 people (for reference, there are 1.3M people living in Nassau County, NY alone) in parts of southern Zambézia, my site included. I am the only student in my class and Pió, my professor, is teaching me Chuabo … More Local Lessons

Moving with Change

“The only way to make sense of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” – Alan Watts These past 6 or so months have been a constant series of dramatic changes, of constant movement. Waves of anticipation, climax, and descent accompany each set of new and in the Peace … More Moving with Change